Dr Patricia Kanngiesser
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Dr Patricia Kanngiesser

Associate Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

Associate Professor in Psychology

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Plymouth (UK) 2020-date
  • Interim-Professor (W3), Early Child Development and Culture, Universität Leipzig (DE), 2019-2020
  • Research Group Leader, Cross-Cultural Developmental Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin (DE), 2016-2020
  • Research Scientist/Marie Curie Fellow/PostDoc, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (DE), 2012-2015
  • Visiting Researcher, Kyoto University (JP), 10/2011-12/2011
  • Research Fellow, Harvard University (US), 05/2011-09/2011
  • Student Research Assistant, Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center, Leipzig (DE), 2007-2008
Education
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Bristol (UK), 2012
  • Diploma (Master) in Neuroscience, Universität Magdeburg (DE), 2007
  • Undergraduate Studies in Biochemistry, Life Sciences, and Philosophy; Goethe Universität Frankfurt (DE) and University of Toronto (CA)
Field Research/International Research Sites
  • India, 2016-date
  • Bolivia, 2015-date
  • Argentina, 2014-date
  • Namibia, 2014
  • Kenya, 2013

Key publications

House BR, Kanngiesser P, Barrett HC, Broesch T, Cebioglu S, Crittenden AN, Erut A, Lew-Levy S, Sebastian-Enesco C & Smith AM 2020 'Universal norm psychology leads to societal diversity in prosocial behaviour and development' Nature Human Behaviour 4, 36-44 , DOI
House BR, Kanngiesser P, Barrett HC, Yilmaz S, Smith AM, Sebastian-Enesco C, Erut A & Silk JB 2020 'Social norms and cultural diversity in the development of third-party punishment' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287, 20192794-20192794 , DOI
Isella M, Kanngiesser P & Tomasello M 2018 'Children’s Selective Trust in Promises' Child Development 90, e868-e887 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Gjersoe N & Hood BM 2010 'The effect of creative labor on property-ownership transfer by preschool children and adults' Psychological Science 21, 1236-1241 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Warneken F 2012 'Young children consider merit when sharing resources with others' PloS One 7, e43979-e43979 , DOI PEARL
Kanngiesser P, Rossano F & Tomasello M 2015 'Late Emergence of the First Possession Heuristic: Evidence From a Small-Scale Culture' Child Development 86, 1282-1289 , DOI
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Teaching interests

  • Cross-cultural and developmental psychology
  • Social cognition and behaviour
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to human behaviour
  • Research ethics

Research interests

My research focuses on social norms and institutions and their psychological foundations. Specifically, I study the cognitive and social processes that allow us to acquire, transmit, and change norms and that give rise to societal variation in norms. Furthermore, I apply these insights to broader societal questions such as how to foster ethical behaviours and cooperation. In my work, I combine a socio-cognitive approach with a cross-cultural perspective and conduct studies with children, adolescents, and adults worldwide. In the past, I have also conducted behavioural (non-invasiv) research with non-human great apes and maintain an interest in comparative psychology. I use a multi-method approach including experimental, observational, survey-based, ethnographic, and qualitative methods. My research takes place in multiple countries: I have established research sites in Argentina, Bolivia, and India, and have developed a wide network of international research collaborations. Furthermore, I frequently collaborate with colleagues from different areas within psychology (e.g., clinical psychology, social psychology, decision science) and outside psychology (e.g., anthropology, philosophy, education).

PhD student supervision

  • Süheyla Yilmaz, Leipzig University, Germany, 2019-date
  • Lina Alhaddad, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2016-date

Grants & contracts

  • Freigeist Fellowship for an independent research group, Navigating the social world—A cross-cultural and developmental perspective on social norms, PI, VolkswagenFoundation, 1,063,700€, 2016-2020
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Career Development Grant, The cross-cultural development of resource allocation behaviour (XCULTDEVRESALL), PI, European Commission 7th Framework Programme, 162,000€, 2013-2015

Key publications

House BR, Kanngiesser P, Barrett HC, Broesch T, Cebioglu S, Crittenden AN, Erut A, Lew-Levy S, Sebastian-Enesco C & Smith AM 2020 'Universal norm psychology leads to societal diversity in prosocial behaviour and development' Nature Human Behaviour 4, 36-44 , DOI
House BR, Kanngiesser P, Barrett HC, Yilmaz S, Smith AM, Sebastian-Enesco C, Erut A & Silk JB 2020 'Social norms and cultural diversity in the development of third-party punishment' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287, 20192794-20192794 , DOI
Isella M, Kanngiesser P & Tomasello M 2018 'Children’s Selective Trust in Promises' Child Development 90, e868-e887 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Gjersoe N & Hood BM 2010 'The effect of creative labor on property-ownership transfer by preschool children and adults' Psychological Science 21, 1236-1241 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Warneken F 2012 'Young children consider merit when sharing resources with others' PloS One 7, e43979-e43979 , DOI PEARL
Kanngiesser P, Rossano F & Tomasello M 2015 'Late Emergence of the First Possession Heuristic: Evidence From a Small-Scale Culture' Child Development 86, 1282-1289 , DOI

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Kanngiesser P, Sunderarajan J & Woike JK 2020 'Keeping them honest: Promises reduce cheating in adolescents' Journal of Behavioral Decision Making , DOI
Köster M, Langeloh M, Kliesch C, Kanngiesser P & Hoehl S 2020 'Motor cortex activity during action observation predicts subsequent action imitation in human infants' NeuroImage 116958-116958 , DOI PEARL
House BR, Kanngiesser P, Barrett HC, Yilmaz S, Smith AM, Sebastian-Enesco C, Erut A & Silk JB 2020 'Social norms and cultural diversity in the development of third-party punishment' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287, 20192794-20192794 , DOI
Haun DBM, Liebal K, Amici F, Bender A, Bohn M, Braeuer J, Buttelmann D, Burkart J, Cacchione T & DeTroy S 2020 'A Pleading for the Relevance of comparative Psychology for the Understanding of human Development' PSYCHOLOGISCHE RUNDSCHAU 71, (1) 40-41 Author Site
House BR, Kanngiesser P, Barrett HC, Broesch T, Cebioglu S, Crittenden AN, Erut A, Lew-Levy S, Sebastian-Enesco C & Smith AM 2020 'Universal norm psychology leads to societal diversity in prosocial behaviour and development' Nature Human Behaviour 4, 36-44 , DOI
Molleman L, Kanngiesser P & van den Bos W 2019 'Social information use in adolescents: The impact of adults, peers and household composition' PLOS ONE 14, (11) e0225498-e0225498 , DOI PEARL
Kanngiesser P, Rossano F, Zeidler H, Haun D & Tomasello M 2019 'Children’s respect for ownership across diverse societies' Developmental Psychology 55, 2286-2298 , DOI PEARL
Woike JK & Kanngiesser P 2019 'Most people keep their word rather than their money' Open Mind 3, 68-88 , DOI PEARL
Petrowski M, Kanngiesser P & Friedman O 2019 'Two- and three-year-olds consider ownership when selecting and allocating resources' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 185, 214-223 , DOI PEARL
Kanngiesser P, Rossano F, Frickel R, Tomm A & Tomasello M 2019 'Children, but not great apes, respect ownership' Developmental Science e12842, , DOI
Weltzien S, Marsh L, Kanngiesser P, Stuijfzand B & Hood B 2019 'Considering self or others across two cultural contexts: How children’s resource allocations are affected by self-construal manipulations' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 184, 139-157 , DOI
Isella M, Kanngiesser P & Tomasello M 2018 'Children’s Selective Trust in Promises' Child Development 90, e868-e887 , DOI
Marsh LE, Kanngiesser P & Hood B 2018 'When and how does labour lead to love? The ontogeny and mechanisms of the IKEA effect' Cognition 170, 245-253 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Köymen B & Tomasello M 2017 'Young children mostly keep, and expect others to keep, their promises' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 159, 140-158 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Woike JK 2016 'Framing the debate on human-like framing effects in bonobos and chimpanzees: a comment on Krupenye et al. (2015)' Biology Letters 12, 20150718-20150718 , DOI
Hood B, Weltzien S, Marsh L & Kanngiesser P 2016 'Picture yourself: Self-focus and the endowment effect in preschool children' Cognition 152, 70-77 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Rossano F & Tomasello M 2015 'Late Emergence of the First Possession Heuristic: Evidence From a Small-Scale Culture' Child Development 86, 1282-1289 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Itakura S, Zhou Y, Kanda T, Ishiguro H & Hood B 2015 'The role of social eye-gaze in children’s and adults’ ownership attributions to robotic agents in three cultures' Interaction Studies 16, 1-28 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Itakura S & Hood BM 2014 'The effect of labour on ownership decisions in two cultures: Developmental evidence from Japan and the United Kingdom' British Journal of Developmental Psychology 32, 320-329 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Hood BM 2014 'Young children’s understanding of ownership rights for newly made objects' Cognitive Development 29, 30-40 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Hood B 2013 'Not by labor alone: Considerations for value influence use of the labor rule in ownership transfers' Cognitive Science 38, 353-366 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Warneken F 2012 'Young children consider merit when sharing resources with others' PloS One 7, e43979-e43979 , DOI PEARL
Kanngiesser P, Santos LR, Hood BM & Call J 2011 'The limits of endowment effects in great apes (Pan paniscus, Pan troglodytes, Gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus)' Journal of Comparative Psychology 125, 436-445 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Sueur C, Riedl K, Grossmann J & Call J 2010 'Grooming network cohesion and the role of individuals in a captive chimpanzee group' American Journal of Primatology 73, 758-767 , DOI
Potì P, Kanngiesser P, Saporiti M, Amiconi A, Bläsing B & Call J 2010 'Searching in the middle—Capuchins’ (Cebus apella) and bonobos’ (Pan paniscus) behavior during a spatial search task' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 36, 92-109 , DOI
Kanngiesser P, Gjersoe N & Hood BM 2010 'The effect of creative labor on property-ownership transfer by preschool children and adults' Psychological Science 21, 1236-1241 , DOI
Kanngiesser P & Call J 2009 'Bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orang utans use feature and spatial cues in two spatial memory tasks' Animal Cognition 13, 419-430 , DOI PEARL
Chapters
Kanngiesser P, Schmidt MFH & Rossano F 2016 'Young children’s understanding of social norms and social institutions' in Kury H; Redo SL; Shea E Women and children as victims and offenders: Background, prevention, reintegration. Vol. 1: Suggestions for succeeding generations
Posters
Woike J & Kanngiesser P Woike J & Kanngiesser P 0 'Can promises reduce cheating in the absence of punishment? Economic Science Association (ESA) World Meeting, Berlin, Germany, 2018' 01/01/190001/01/1900
Serko D, Kanngiesser P & Woike JK Serko D, Kanngiesser P & Woike JK 0 'Keeping one's word is not the exception, it’s the rule. International Conference on Social Dilemmas, Sedona, Arizona, USA, 2019' 01/01/190001/01/1900
Woike JK & Kanngiesser P Woike JK & Kanngiesser P 0 'Promises and dice: Do people keep their word rather than their money? Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making Conference (SPUDM), Haifa, Israel, 2017' 01/01/190001/01/1900
Woike JK & Kanngiesser P Woike JK & Kanngiesser P 0 'Promises and dice: Most people keep their word rather than their money, Annual Meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Boston, USA, 2016' 01/01/190001/01/1900
Woike J & Kanngiesser P Woike J & Kanngiesser P 0 'Promises and dice: Most people keep their word rather than their money, International Conference on Social Dilemmas, Taormina, Italy, 2017' 01/01/190001/01/1900